The Zürich Barracudas (11-1) won the first of two night games against the Challengers (4-6) on Wednesday, June 11 at the Heerenschürli ballpark, extending their winning streak to 11 games and handing the C's a tough-luck loss, as the Cudas posted a 5-4 victory.
The C's tied the game twice in the third and in the seventh inning, battled for more than three hours and outhit their opponent 11-3. Still it wasn't enough to overcome the hottest team in the league. The Challengers took the lead in the bottom of the fifth, as Ryan Byrne delivered one of two triples and Eidrys Reyes drove him in with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1. But in the sixth, the C's had their one bad inning they often had this year, enabling the Barracudas to score three runs for a 4-2 lead.
The Challengers weren't done yet. Ryan Byrne belted an RBI-triple to score Rob Sedin, and Tobias Siegrist followed with an RBI-single to tie the game at 4-4 in the seventh. In the end, an RBI ground out in the top of the eighth broke the tie and starter Chris Michals shut the door to bring in a complete game win.
Rob Sedin allowed five runs and only three hits while striking out four. He also led the offense with three hits, while Byrne and Reyes had two hits apiece. The two teams will play another night game on Friday, June 13 at the Heerenschürli ballpark witth the game starting at 7pm.